We recognise that some children have extra emotional and social needs that require development and nurture. These needs can manifest themselves in a number of ways, including behavioural difficulties, attachment issues, anxiousness, mental health and communication difficulties.
All classes follow a structured PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) curriculum to support this development. Extra support can be put in place for those children who find aspects of this difficult.
If your child still needs extra support, with your permission, the SENDCo will work alongside you to complete the Early Help Assessment, which can lead to extra support, such as Play Therapy of family support.
How do we involve other organisations in meeting the needs of pupils with SEND and supporting their families?
If you or the school believes that your child needs more support than the current provision in place, either you or the school can request the Local Authority carry out a Statutory Assessment of your child’s needs. This is a legal process, which requires submitting information from school, parents and other professionals involved with your child, to the Local Authority. They will then decide if your child’s needs are severe, complex and lifelong and will require more support in school to make good progress. If this is the case, they will write an Educational, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). The EHCP will outline the support your child will receive from the LA, how this support should be used and what strategies must be put in place. If the LA decides not to issue an EHCP, you can ask the school to review or continue with the current level of support. We can also arrange a meeting in school to ensure a plan is in place to help your child make as much progress as possible.
Please see the Local Offer for more information and details on Education, Health and Care Plans.
The school building is all on level and wheelchair accessible through the main entrance and hall. There is a large disabled toilet. The classrooms in the older building do not currently have wheelchair accessible fire exits. Classrooms are small, but teachers adapt the classroom layouts where possible, in order to cater for children with SEND. The school has a separate Accessibility Plan for further details.Where children have access needs that are not currently available within the school, we are able to liaise with the Local Authority and other professionals to ensure that facilities and equipment are secured.
How will we secure equipment and facilities to support pupils with SEND?
The school budget includes money for supporting children with SEND. The headteacher will decide on the deployment of resources for Special Educational Need and Disabilities, in consultation with the school governors, on the basis of needs in the school. The governors require the headteacher and SENDCo to ensure that optimum use is made of resources. The headteacher and SENDCo discuss all the information they have about SEND in the school, including:
- The children getting extra support already from the LA (EHCP)
- The children needing extra support e.g. those children who meet the threshold but are not yet receiving support from the LA or children who do not meet the threshold for additional LA support.
- The children who have been identified as not making as much progress as would be expected.
- Behavioural or emotional issues which may require support e.g. through play therapy
Using this information, they decide what resources / training and support is needed. The school identifies the needs of SEND pupils on a provision map. This identifies all support given within school and is reviewed regularly and changes made as needed, so that the needs of children are met, and resource are deployed as effectively as possible. Information about the support of individual children is shared with their parents.
If you would like to discuss something further, please contact your child’s class teacher, who will be happy to discuss your concerns with you.
Other useful contacts:
SENDCo: Sarah Barnes (01223 832322 or email: email@example.com)Headteacher: Victoria Penty (01223 832322)
Parent Partnership Service,
Cambridgeshire County Council, CC1101, Castle Court, Shire Hall, Cambridge. CB3 0AP
Telephone: 01223 699214
Pinpoint – information for Cambridgeshire parents of children and young people with SEND
Website: https://www.pinpoint-cambs.org.uk/Telephone: 01480 877333
Cambridgeshire Local Authority Local Offer
DfE SEN Code of Practice: for 0 – 25 years